Winter trees near Blynn

A quick value sketch just 2" x 3" to check the design.

A quick value sketch just 2" x 3" to check the design.

A very loose sketch on my 12" x 16" cold pressed Arches 140# watercolor paper

A very loose sketch on my 12" x 16" cold pressed Arches 140# watercolor paper

Super loose washes of medium and dark values

Super loose washes of medium and dark values

Placing the darkest pastel values shapes

Placing the darkest pastel values shapes

Finished up with small details and light sparkles

Finished up with small details and light sparkles

Electric Trees

Another example of pastel over watercolor; a pencil sketch on 300# Arches watercolor paper.

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Dark, neutralized watercolor passes.  I lay in the darkest values I see in each shape.

Dark, neutralized watercolor passes.  I lay in the darkest values I see in each shape.

Here I lay in the medium pastel values I see in each major shape.

Here I lay in the medium pastel values I see in each major shape.

Finally I lay in the lightest value details with pastels.

Finally I lay in the lightest value details with pastels.

Salmon Cascade on Sol Duc River

I used a full sheet of Arches 300# watercolor paper measuring 22" x 30"

I enlarged the sketch onto the watercolor paper.

I enlarged the sketch onto the watercolor paper.

The watercolor underpainting is quickly applied on the wet paper with a large brush in a loose manner,  wet in wet washes of dark values and drab colors.

The watercolor underpainting is quickly applied on the wet paper with a large brush in a loose manner,  wet in wet washes of dark values and drab colors.

I use soft pastel to locate some of the darkest darks.

I use soft pastel to locate some of the darkest darks.

adding more detail with the soft pastels, ensuring that the marks help pull the viewer's eye through the painting.

adding more detail with the soft pastels, ensuring that the marks help pull the viewer's eye through the painting.

The last sparkles and small details have been added so I sign the piece.

The last sparkles and small details have been added so I sign the piece.

Sunset on Maple View Lane

This view is right across the street from my home - I am so lucky to live here in sunny Sequim, WA!

I lightly drew in the simple shapes.

I lightly drew in the simple shapes.

I used dark, neutralized washes for the loose watercolor underpainting.

I used dark, neutralized washes for the loose watercolor underpainting.

I began stroking mid and light value pastels over the watercolor.  My goal was to make each area rich in colors.

I began stroking mid and light value pastels over the watercolor.  My goal was to make each area rich in colors.

I added more mid and light values to further define the scene.

I added more mid and light values to further define the scene.

At last I "turned on the lights" when I added the lightest values and the small details.  After this photo was taken I adjusted some of the shapes in the mountains and toned down the foreground on the left.  My collector was very happy with the painting and has comissioned another!

At last I "turned on the lights" when I added the lightest values and the small details.  After this photo was taken I adjusted some of the shapes in the mountains and toned down the foreground on the left.  My collector was very happy with the painting and has comissioned another!

Peach and Cream Cabbage Roses in Watercolor

I begin by transferring my drawing to a full sheet of 300# Arches paper.  I thoroughly wet the paper on both sides, let it swell and then staple it to my backboard. 

 

While the paper was wet I dropped in oranges, golds, and pinks into the rose blooms.

While the paper was wet I dropped in oranges, golds, and pinks into the rose blooms.

I added a warm neutral background on the right side.

I added a warm neutral background on the right side.

I added the background on the left and the woodgrain of the table

I added the background on the left and the woodgrain of the table

I painted the leaves and stems

I painted the leaves and stems

Finally, to increase the contrast with the roses, I darkened the backgrounds, and laid in the darkest darks.

Finally, to increase the contrast with the roses, I darkened the backgrounds, and laid in the darkest darks.

Spring Trees by the Virgin River in Zion

Painting sun struck trees before a red rock canyon wall was a fun challenge...if at first I don't succeed, get out the 4" house painting brush, brush off all the pastel and try, try again!

 

watercolor under painting on 12 x 16 UART 400

watercolor under painting on 12 x 16 UART 400

Begin adding the dark value pastels

Begin adding the dark value pastels

blocking in the main shapes....not too happy with this.

blocking in the main shapes....not too happy with this.

Brush off the pastel  and start again.

Brush off the pastel  and start again.

I moved and enlarged some of the foreground shapes and blocked in more subtle colors and values in the rock wall

I moved and enlarged some of the foreground shapes and blocked in more subtle colors and values in the rock wall

Much better!  But I will live with it for a couple of days to see what else needs work.

Much better!  But I will live with it for a couple of days to see what else needs work.